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March 25, 1983

Clinical Application of Blood Gases

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

JAMA. 1983;249(12):1641-1642. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330360075042

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The purpose of this book is to help the practitioner appropriately interpret and apply information obtained from analysis of arterial blood gases and pH. It is written for a broad audience and would make an excellent textbook for the student respiratory therapist. Additionally, the medical student and resident would benefit by the review of physics and physiology of the cardiorespiratory system, as would the general practitioner. The medical specialist, however, will likely find the basic discussions tedious to read.

All readers should benefit from the well-presented practical approach to interpretation of arterial blood gas analysis. This will entail committing to memory several relatively simple rules, such that with a little practical application and minimal knowledge of the patient's history, accurate assessment can be made in a matter of seconds. Obviated is the need for complicated diagrams and tables, which are not easily committed to memory and which rendered previous interpretive